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July 2, 2019
During his first year in charge, Roger León started reshaping Newark’s schools — and promised bigger changes to come
In his first year as superintendent, León started to eliminate policies he didn't like and restore ones he does. Now, residents will start looking for results.
April 2, 2019
A Newark voters’ guide to the 11 candidates vying for three school board seats
The candidates shared their thoughts on absenteeism, charter schools, and more ahead of the April 16 election.
January 24, 2019
After a year back in control, Newark’s school board is about to get its first report card
Newark's school board will soon receive a progress report that will help determine whether it keeps control of the district.
year in review
December 21, 2018
Highlights from a momentous year for Newark schools — and a preview of what’s ahead
The return to local control. A school board election. A new superintendent. It was a busy year in Newark.
November 27, 2018
Colorado board allows Adams 14 to retain some local control as the state pushes for external management
Colorado stopped short of handing over all control of Adams 14 to an outside manager. The district will retain control of hiring and firing employees.
Mapping a Turnaround
November 15, 2018
This is what the State Board of Education hopes to order Adams 14 to do
The state board asked the Attorney General’s office for advice and help in drafting a final order detailing how the district is to cede authority, and in what areas.
November 12, 2018
In Newark, how did most voters respond to ballot questions about schools? They didn’t.
Nearly 60 percent of Newark voters left the two education ballot questions blank on election day.
Election results: Newark voters stick with an elected school board, NJ voters approve $500 million for schools
Newark voters opted to keep an elected school board, rather than change to one appointed by the mayor.
November 5, 2018
On election day, Newark will decide who should select school board members — voters or the mayor
On Nov. 6, Newark voters will choose whether to keep its annual school board elections or let the mayor appoint board members.
November 1, 2018
After 120 days on the job, Newark’s new superintendent is asked: Where’s your plan?
In his first four months, Superintendent León has hinted at many upcoming changes. Now, board members want to see a clear plan with achievable outcomes.
July 2, 2018
Meet Roger León, the homegrown educator charting a new course for Newark schools
León has been a Newark student, teacher, and principal. Now, he takes over as superintendent at a historic moment for the district.
behind the scenes
Updated June 8, 2018
‘It may not bode well.’ State lawmaker intervened in Newark’s superintendent search, its first under local control
State Sen. Teresa Ruiz pressured officials to replace a member of the superintendent search committee and to allow an extra candidate, sources said.
June 5, 2018
Boasting impressive resumes, five Newark students compete for a school board seat
The winner will provide the board with student perspectives on district policy, but will not be permitted to vote.
May 10, 2018
‘It is so much work.’ Meet the state monitor trying to help Newark keep control of its schools
Anzella King Nelms used to be a Newark school official. Now she's the state-appointed overseer trying to help Newark return to full local control.
May 2, 2018
For the first time in a generation, Newark will pick its own schools chief. Meet the interim leader hoping to get the job.
After working in Newark schools for two decades, Robert Gregory thinks he's ready to lead the district. But he's not the only one vying for the top job.
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